This headline is from yesterdays Herald Sun. It could have directly from a 1920's American newspaper when prohibition was being pushed. Indeed it sounds very much like the anti alcohol temperance campaigners of the early twentieth century.
There are people in this world who have a burning desire to make others live in a manner that they think is the right way to live. These people cover their dictatorial nature under the guise of 'Public Health', Health and Safety' and dozens of other disguises. In their hearts however, they just think they know how you should live your life and will do all they can to impose their will on you.
The temperance campaigners really believed that the world would be a better place if alcohol was banned. The anti tobacco lobby is the same. Your choices in living the way you want is of no concern for them. They know better and will if given the chance use the law to restrict your freedom and to attempt to make you live as they desire you to live.
Many of those in the anti tobacco lobby, including the medical professionals would have been right at home in the Baptist Churches and the Temperance Leagues. They gather under other banners now such as the 'Anti Cancer Council' and 'Quit' but they are the same people. No respect for your freedom to live the way you want, they know better.
Well they have won on tobacco. When I say won I mean that those who smoke will continue to smoke however the cost is crippling and smokers turn to illegal tobacco (chop chop) or whatever they can get. Poorer smokers deny their children to fund their habit. It's the same with all illegal drugs.
Now they are turning their eyes to alcohol. The wowsers have always hated alcohol, they hate the pleasure it brings to 99% of mankind. They want you to live a sober measured life as they do. The article referred to in the above headline says that the 'Australian National Preventive Health Agency' I said above that they dress themselves in the cloth of those who would 'care' for you, well the agency wants the price of a cask of wine to $52 and the minimum bottle price of $10. I can't imagine what a bottle of spirits would cost.
So far their proposal has met with little support, but that won't deter them. Like the religious zealots of old they will keep pushing this until their ambitions are realised. Once these people would have been missionaries now they are members of the Greens or Greenpeace or anti tobacco or alcohol campaigners.
People will not stop drinking or smoking if they want to. I imagine that if the proposal to increase prices so much went ahead then the natural result would be a huge increase in home brewing and distilling. The wowsers would then want the police to enforce laws against these activities and it wouldn't be long before we had an ongoing bootlegger vs police battles similar to the current drug user/sellers vs police battles but on a much larger scale. Like prohibition and the war on drugs the end result would be large numbers of otherwise law abiding people being turned into criminals.